Major League 2 (1994)
Even thought they didn’t win the World Series, the Cleveland Indians overcame the odds and put together a great season. Getting ready for the next year sees a little change here and there but overall the club is still together and ready to return to glory. Roger Dorn (Corbin Bersen) has bought the team from Rachel Phelps (Margaret Whitton) and signs a big name power-hitter in Jack Parkman (David Keith). He also brings in a new young catcher that may replace Jake (Tom Berenger) named Rub Baker (Eric Bruskotter) but he has big issues of his own. Willie (now Omar Epps) has become a movie star and a power-hitter as well and it doesn’t make manager Lou (James Gammon) very happy. Pedro (Dennis Haysbert) has turned Christian and is all about spirituality and happy thoughts which doesn’t transition to baseball very well. However, the biggest change is Rick Vaughn (Charlie Sheen) who has let the “wild thing” image go and turned into a Dorn wannabe. Just like the year before, the team can’t seem to get a win to save their lives, but as the season moves forward, Parkman is traded and Rachel returns as owner, and the team decides to be who they really are…
Right off the bat (no pun intended), Major League 2 would feel like a true worthy sequel (since the whole cast is back minus Wesley Snipes) if it weren’t for the lack of cussing like in the first movie. It is night and day how the laughs are generated (or not) from the first movie to the second. The bright spots of the first such as Rick Vaugh’s background, and the whole Rene Russo story are gone. Willie and Pedro are sidekicks and too much focus is put on this new Jackman guy. The only added character that would have made the first even better is Rube! He is so dumb he reminds me of Coach and Woody from Cheers! His one liners will have you laughing out loud but that’s about it. Bob Uecker also returns as the colorful announcer and adds some good laughs, but he isn’t a focal point. I remember going to see this movie with my family growing up BEFORE I saw the first movie and liking it a lot, and maybe that’s why this movie still has a bright spot for me, but if anyone sees this movie after they see the 1st, they won’t be happy or satisfied. After the great scripted ending of the first, the ending is lack-luster here and predictable. The climax happens so fast it’s hard to notice it happened. That isn’t a good sign. I can’t tell you to stay away because I want to love it, but I just like it for what it is, and that is ok! Co-starring Alison Doody and Takaaki Ishibashi.
6/10 Stars – For a movie that is blah, I still like it for what it is. It adds nostalgia for characters we all love.
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